by Springfield Lewis/Louisiana Seafood News
As Hurricane Isaac bears down on New Orleans on Katrina’s anniversary, Harlon Pearce and Ewell Smith know all too well what could be coming.
Given that, they’re more than prepared for the storm –in fact, they’re steeled for it.
Pearce, chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, and Smith, its executive director, lived and worked through unprecedented disasters – both natural and manmade – that hit the Crescent City and surrounding Gulf coast in recent years.
In 2005, they survived Katrina – one of the deadliest and most costly hurricanes in U.S. history. Five years later, Pearce and Smith found themselves helping rebuild the Louisiana seafood industry in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the largest marine oil spill ever.
Persevering through these disasters, Pearce and Smith – as well as other seafood board members – learned from experience. Together, they shared the hard lessons that now enable local fishermen, seafood processors, restaurateurs and other business people to prepare and carry on.
And, it will be no different now – whatever Isaac brings.